Low fan patronage of GPL huge burden for NSA – Ashanti Region boss

Published on: 09 January 2023

The Ashanti Regional boss of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Emmanuel Kojo Appiah has cried out on how the low fan patronage of the Ghana Premier League is hugely affecting his outfit.

He says the NSA is unable to pay its bills from what it earns from gate proceeds because the amount that comes in is hugely insignificant.

In their Ghana Premier League matchday 11 fixtures, both Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak were unable to attract more than 2,000 fans each against Great Olympics and Tamale City, respectively.

Kojo Appiah is worried about the growing menace of few fans attending GPL games.

“It’s a serious headache to the authority and the burden is on NSA because when there is a low turnout, we turn to lose so much,” he told Luv FM.

“To keep the place neat, tidy and then the pitch, the problem is how to get funds to maintain the place.

“The pressure is on NSA when the spectatorship is that low and we are not part of the sponsorship money of the GFA that, when spectators are not coming, use this to maintain the place.

“This month’s light bill was GHS 14,000 so if we play and we get zero and Kotoko’s FA Cup game against Bechem United you get GHS 500, you see that within a month, we are losing so much.

“So, it’s a huge problem that as soon as possible, the FA, the ministry, NSA, we should just sit quickly and see how best we can address the situation.”